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The Yankees Do Not Need Gerrit Cole, or Any Other Starter…

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There are constant rumors flying around that the Yankees are working on a possible trade with the Pirates to get Gerrit Cole. The issue is, the Yankees already have a solid 5 man rotation.

The starting rotation that the Yankees have now is the same exact starting rotation that took them within 1 game of the World Series last season, and was good enough to win it all. The reason they did not get past game 7 of the ALCS is because the offense was shut down (no thanks to Verlander). The Yankees were projected by many to not even make the playoffs last year, but the offense clicked and the pitching did the job. The starting staff took it to a new level in the post season, and I’m sure they are even hungrier after that experience.

If the Yankees were to get Cole it will most likely affect Jordan Montgomery since a 6 man rotation is probably not going to happen. Montgomery was solid for a rookie and deserves the chance to grow with this young team. For a rookie he even had a better 2017 season than Cole did. Another thing that is worrisome about Cole is that the AL East is a much tougher division that the NL Central. Then you add in the big city spotlight and it may not work out that well.

Cole – FIP = 4.08, WHIP = 1.251
Montgomery – FIP = 4.08, WHIP = 1.230

Rumors are also swirling about Yu Darvish, who does make more sense than Cole, but also not really needed. The Yankees also have some young guys in the minors that are ready to go in the majors. The 3 that look the most ready are Chance Adams, Justus Sheffield, and Albert Abreu. Then the talent playing A ball runs even deeper with guys like Acevedo, German, and Tate.

Of course I have no say, but in my eyes all they need to round everything out in pitching department is a lefty reliever. That is the only weak spot in the pen, who will once again be one of the best bullpens in the league in 2018.

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Yankees Activating Aaron Judge Friday

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The New York Yankees are activating slugger Aaron Judge from the injured list on Friday, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

Judge is coming off a rehab stint in Triple A, where he played all week as he prepare for his official return to the Yankees following a left oblique strain that has kept him out of action since April 21st.

With Judge returning, the Yankees have some tough decisions to make, as it hangs a cloud of uncertainty over the status of outfielder Cameron Maybin.

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Rays Place Yandy Diaz On 10-Day IL

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The Tampa Bay Rays have placed third baseman Yandy Diaz on the 10-day injured list, according to MLB.com’s Juan Toribio.

In a corresponding move, the Rays called up infielder Daniel Robertson to take Diaz’s spot on the roster.

Diaz has been dealing with hamstring tightness lately and will now hope to rehab for a quick return to the active roster.

Diaz has posted a slash line of .286/.363/.502 hitting and 11 home runs thus far this season.

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Astros Activate Jose Altuve

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The Houston Astros have activated second baseman Jose Altuve from the injured list and he is now active on the roster.

In a corresponding move, the Astros optioned lefty Cionel Perez to create the roster spot needed for the addition of Altuve.

Altuve, who last played back on May 10th, hit the injured list with a left hamstring strain.

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